BordeauxApril 30, 2020
Videos - Work in the vineyard in springtime: de-suckering and shoot thinning
With warm, mild temperatures in springtime, the vine grows very quickly. So, during this season of the year it is essential to remove “suckers” from the vine. These suckers can grow along the trunk of the vine as well as at the head.
De-suckering has two aims:
• To avoid mildew. When it rains heavily, splashes of soil can spread the mildew fungus and contaminate the suckers and young shoots.
• When we remove shoots from the head of the vine, this enables the foliage to have good exposure to the air. So, the grape bunches can grow in optimal conditions.
The best way to remove suckers is manually.
Here is a video to show you suckers being removed from the trunk of the vine.
This procedure removes secondary shoots or the shoot that comes from the secondary bud on the vine cane.
The aim is to control the vine’s yield, to avoid grape bunches being packed together as they grow and to ensure the very best possible quality.
Shoot-thinning is always done manually.
Here is a video to show you how shoot-thinning is done.